News for Youse: UBC speaks on rape chant, B.C.’s economy improves, and the Canucks lose to the Sharks
VPD to respond to DTES ticketing complaint Today (September 17), the Vancouver Police Board is expected to announce its findings in response to a complaint that its officers have been unfairly ticketing residents of the Downtown Eastside. The grievance was filed by Pivot Legal Society and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users. An August 21, 2013, report authored by Sgt. Colleen Yee recommends that the complaint be dismissed.
UBC president speaks on rape chant UBC president Stephen Toope has acknowledged that students were led in an “appalling chant during FROSH events organized by the Commerce Undergraduate Society”, and said that an official report on the incident will be made available to the public Wednesday (September 18). Toope formally apologized for the incident in a statement posted on his university website.
Grandview-Woodland timeline extension A staff report posted on the City of Vancouver’s website yesterday (September 16) recommends extending the timeline for the Grandview-Woodland community plan in order to establish a “citizens’ assembly” as part of the process.
Suzuki defends science and slams Harper David Suzuki was among a large group that rallied in defence of science at the Vancouver Art Gallery yesterday. The event was one of 14 protests staged across the country under the slogan Stand Up for Science.
Vancouver Opera out of the red Yesterday, the Vancouver Opera announced that it was operating with a surplus for its 2012-13 season, marking a full recovery from a $831,000 deficit the music group found itself struggling with two years ago.
B.C. economy improving B.C.’s economy is expected to enjoy a modest growth rate of 2.7 percent for 2014, according to RBC’s latest provincial outlook report. That number is up from 1.5 percent for 2013. The forecasted boost comes as B.C. Finance Minister Mike De Jong reaffirmed the province’s triple-A credit rating.
Antibullying law in Manitoba The Government of Manitoba has passed an antibullying bill that will require schools to accommodate gay-straight alliances. Bill 18, the public schools amendment act, passed on its third reading by a vote of 36-16 on September 13.
Sharks defeat the Canucks The Vancouver Canucks lost 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks last night in the 2013-14 preseason opener. The Sharks outshot the Canucks 42-15 and scored a goal in the third period for the win. New coach John Tortorella watched the game from the rafters.
U.S. Navy Yard shooter identified Authorities have named Aaron Alexis as the shooter behind yesterday’s attack in the U.S. capital that left 12 people dead and others injured. A Defense Department contractor and former Navy reservist, Alexis was killed by law enforcement officials.
Storms kill dozens in Mexico Two storms have left at least 41 people dead in Mexico. Tropical Depression Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel converged to cause severe flooding and some buildings to collapse.
More weed for Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg won a pound of weed off a bet he made on last weekend’s Floyd Mayweather boxing match against Canelo Alvarez. Snoop posted photographs of his win on Instagram. “Thanks to the champ money may for winning me a pound from my mexican buddy Lui,” he wrote there.